Making Crime Pay Fighting Wildfires in California

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Critics question a California program that saves $90 to $100 million annually by using prison inmates making $1 an hour to fight wildfires.

(From CNBC.com)
According to the CDCR, the program saves the state between $90 and $100 million a year, though some critics fear that the financial benefits of cheap prison labor incentivize mass incarceration.

During an unsuccessful run for California Lieutenant Governor, Gayle McLaughlin went so far as to call the program “slave labor.”

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